You have received a Private Message

Private Message by Danielle Torella
Release date:  May 23, 2013
My rating:  3.75 "punky" stars

Tess has never had sex. Believe it or not, she’s never had a decent kiss. 

The aspiring Seattle painter and photographer is still recovering from the trauma of being beaten and nearly raped at a rock show nearly three years before. So she keeps life simple: she goes to school, goes to work in a coffee shop, goes home, goes on living.

But then Ben’s naked body crashes—almost literally—through Tess’s wall against the world. 

Ben is doing his dad’s art-teacher girlfriend a favor when he agrees to pose nude for her drawing class. But what he draws is the interest of the irresistible punk-looking girl—and it’s interest he reciprocates, with interest. 

Their sexual chemistry is too much to resist. But it’s when they have their clothes on that their heat quickly slips on ice. Ben’s womanizing history is one thing, but it’s history of another kind—related to that fateful night at the rock show—that threatens to tear the young lovers apart forever.

My review
This book has so much potential to be a 5 star book for me!  I love the originality in the "private message" theme for this story.  It so inventive.  However, I think that it could have held a little more presence in the story.  Maybe drag it out more in the beginning to build some more anticipation for their future encounters, build more wanting with these two characters.  
I truly liked this story,  Although, once the first big eye-opener was revealed, I knew what I didn't like about a certain character.  I thought he just harbored a crush, but what I found to be true about him made me shake my head.  The twists and turns were surprising, yet predictable in good ways.  
I read this book in record time.  I couldn't put it down.  I would have rather it be a full length novel; that's why the 3.75 stars.  The potential is there.  The story is there.  The love and suspense is there.  But I want more in the story.  I felt slightly slighted in this story.  I am looking forward to the next chapter in this story... At least I am hoping there will be a next chapter in this story.  It has great potential in being a series or at least a trilogy.
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